Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Third Sector

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding he has allocated to civil society and campaigning bodies in each of the last three years.

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Civil Society forms an essential part of our communities up and down the country. It includes large, national charities, social enterprises, volunteers and small grassroots organisations but what joins them all is the idea of creating social value to help build a better society.

Government funding to civil society is ring-fenced for particular projects or programmes. Grant agreement terms and conditions prohibit grant funding being used for paid for lobbying and political campaigning

Each of the Department’s (MHCLG/DCLG) published Annual Report and Financial Accounts lists the charitable bodies and the amounts (Section 70 payments) that were funded by the Department. The Department does not record whether the body is a ‘campaigning body’. All grant payments over £25,000 are published as part of the Government Transparency routine.

Our published Annual Report and Financial Accounts (and lists the charitable body payments) can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dclg-annual-reports-and-accounts.

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